Pedestrian accidents have been increasing in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,783 pedestrians were killed about 76,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2012. This is a 6 percent increase from 2011. In New Jersey, there were 156 pedestrian fatalities in 2012, a disturbing number.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, you are entitled to compensation. But you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side to fight the insurance company. Jersey City lawyer Anthony Carbone has been fighting the insurance companies in the courtroom for the past 26 years and can get you what you deserve.
Who is Responsible for the Pedestrian Accident?
After getting into a pedestrian accident, the biggest question is generally who is to blame. It all has to do with negligence. For example, you were crossing the street between two cars when the driver hit you. In this case, you’re the one at fault because you were crossing illegally. If you were at a crosswalk at the time the driver hit you, he/she is responsible since drivers must yield to pedestrians. But there are cases when both driver and pedestrian are at fault. For instance, you were cross the street illegally when you were hit by car that was speeding.
Also keep in mind that most pedestrian accidents happen on either a private property or in a public place such as a parking lot. If you get into an accident on someone else’s property, you may have a case against the owners of the property for not keep the premises safe. This is a question you may want to bring up with your lawyer.
So who pays? Well, in the state of New Jersey if you own a car, then your car insurance will be the one footing the bill. However, if you don’t own a car, then this may be a case for PIP coverage. This is all very complicated and it’s best to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
We Can Help!
If you got into a pedestrian accident in New Jersey and were severely injured, don’t file a personal injury claim on your own. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.